Beware the Bite: Stay Safe During Tick Season

As a New Yorker, there is almost no better feeling than to stuff the snow boots in the closet, slide in to a pair of flip-flops and head outside to enjoy a few months of warm sunshine. Whether you’re hitting the trails, the beach, the park, or just throwing some burgers on the grill, be sure to take precautions to avoid one of summer’s worst spoilers: ticks.

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Single Payer – Beyond the Headlines

First impressions matter.

From handshakes to headlines, what we see, how we feel, and the way we think about something or someone is often determined in a matter of seconds. So you can imagine my concern (outrage, really) when I recently woke up to read the headline, “Single Payer Financially Feasible in NY.”

If you took the time to actually read the article, which was based on a recent RAND study, you would almost certainly conclude that single-payer – a system in which the government runs your health care – would not only obliterate the state’s economy, but would have grave effects on the quality of care you receive in New York.

But alas, not everyone reads past the headline…

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Tips to Avoid Poison Ivy (And What to Do if you Can’t)

As a kid, I loved being outside. I helped with a tiny bit of yard work, but one of my favorite activities was throwing a tennis ball against the garage and pretending to be my favorite baseball player.

The driveway at my parents’ house was lined with bushes that were knee-high, and on the other side of those bushes, poison ivy would grow every year. Somehow, a ball would always roll into that patch of poison ivy, or I would walk through it while cleaning up sticks and twigs from the yard. The end result was a week or more of me wanting to continuously scratch my arm, hand, or leg, and my mom doing her best to keep me comfortable.

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No Ordinary Pediatrician

Dr. Anthony Malone is no ordinary pediatrician. In addition to being designated a breastfeeding-friendly practice, his office, CapitalCare Pediatrics on Hoosick Street in Troy, NY, a division of Community Care Physicians, P.C., is also certified in car seat safety. But beyond the “warm and fuzzies” new moms get when they enter Dr. Malone’s office, there is special attention being paid to one of the nation’s most pressing health care issues.

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Celebrating the Power of Breastfeeding to Impact Health and Wealth

The importance of breastfeeding is celebrated around the globe every year from August 1-7. Led by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the annual World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign aims to inform, anchor, engage, and galvanize action to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.This year’s theme, Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life, draws attention to breastfeeding and its contributions to good nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction for people all over the world. continue reading →